Buster Keaton stars in this comedy as the captive of hostile Indians. His captors tie him to a stake and prepare him for death by fire. Keaton moves with the stake as the Indians try frantically to place the firewood around him. When he survives the flames due to his fire-resistant clothes, Keaton is made a member of the tribe and named Little Chief Paleface. He then foils the scheme of unsavory oil speculators to steal the land from his Indian companion.
Written and directed by Keaton, this is one of his more clever shorts, because of the unique physical humor gags. And, we find Keaton on the side of the Indians - unlike so many westerns which demonized the Native Americans. Kudos to Keaton for his politics - and he gets the squaw. Pleasant enough for 20 minutes - maybe a work of genius by the standards of those times and for those into the history of film.
May 28, 2006 Subject:
This has some of the most brilliant of Keaton's comic ideas--the stake, the blanket, the rope bridge, the surreal last gag--definitely one of the best Keaton shorts!
October 19, 2005 Subject:
There is no musical score for this movie as far as i know ....
This is one of Buster's best capers, for sure. Thanks to www.k-otic.com for the fine taste, and consistent supply.
Question, though: Can anyone here confirm that there is no audio included this, and other Buster Keaton flicks available here? I D/L'd the MPEG2 version, and my system cannot seem to find an audio track.
September 22, 2005 Subject:
Another Keaton Fun Flick!
Gotta love this guy. Took me a few viewings of Keaton films to learn an appreciation for his stuff, but now I consider this guy a genius. You won't be disappointed in this short.